Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, HI

55-370 Kamehameha HighwayLaie, Oahu, HI 96762
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Overview

Spanning over 42 acres, the Polynesian Cultural Center is home to living museum and theme park centered around Polynesian culture. The center features eight simulated tropical villages, IMAX® shows, canoe rides and parades, special events, daytime exhibits and the Hā–Breath of Life evening show. Guests can also experience the renowned Ali’i Luau, considered one of the best and most authentic luaus on Oahu.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Laie, Oahu Travel Experts
  • Located 75 minutes from Honolulu.
  • Complimentary Waikiki hotel shuttle service is available.
  • Various dinner, luau, and show packages available for purchase.
  • Bring a camera, comfortable shoes, and appropriate attire.
  • Mingle with natives from Pacific cultures in genuine village replicas.
  • Bring cash and shop at the Hukilau Marketplace and specialty shops for a perfect souvenir.

Description

from Polynesian Cultural Center
Choose from a variety of packages and get set to see why the Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii's #1 Paid Attraction. Explore and experience eight island villages and exhibits representing the Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, Rapa Nui, Tonga, and Tahiti.

Learn firsthand from the native peoples of each island with interactive demonstrations that teach you the games, fun, and friendship of Polynesia. Get a temporary tattoo, catch a fish or learn to dance one of the exciting hip shaking dances of Tahiti. See an active Polynesian voyaging canoe up close and learn how to make fire. Plus, enjoy the exciting Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant showcasing the songs and dances of each island culture on the Center’s winding lagoon.

Give your feet a rest and take a relaxing tram tour through Laie town to see the surrounding community, then cap off your adventure in Hawaii’s only IMAX™ theater to learn about the importance of coral reefs with a Coral Reef Adventure.

Discover for yourself why the Polynesian Cultural Center's Alii Luau has justifiably inherited the deeper meanings of Hawaiian hospitality and joy inherent in this ancient feast, and add this unforgettable experience to your Hawaiian vacation.

Please note that due to the Polynesian Cultural Center being a family attraction which is closely associated to and predominantly an employer of college students, alcohol is not served or allowed to be consumed anywhere on the premises.

Ambassador Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00PM
Ali'i Luau Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00PM
Show Only Admission after 7:00PM; seating available only in the upper level of the Pacific Theater.

General Admission to the villages from 12:00PM - 5:00PM

There is no charge for children under age 5 unless they plan to occupy a reserved seat at the evening show.

Optional Pick-up Points in Waikiki
1st Pick up*, 2nd Pick up*
1. Ala Moana Hotel (wait on Mahukona Street) 10:00AM, 12:00PM
2. Ilikai Renaissance (on Hobron Lane) 10:00AM, 12:00PM
3. Hilton Hawaiian Village (Tapa Tower Bus Depot) 10:05AM, 12:05PM
4. Waikiki Gateway (Olohana Street side) 10:10AM, 12:10PM
5. Sheraton Waikiki (bus terminal) 10:15AM, 12:15PM
6. Waikiki Trade Center (Seaside Avenue curbside) 10:20AM, 12:20PM
7. Hyatt Regency Hotel (back entrance facing Koa Avenue) 10:25AM, 12:25PM
8. Waikiki Beach Marriott (bus area near corner of Paoakalani St.) 10:30AM, 12:30PM

Tripster Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Michael Ricker
Omaha, NE
6 Reviews
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"Excellent - Glad we Went"
January 2019
Great way to understand the Polynesian culture. Dinner and luau were excellent. Ha Breath of Life performance was tremendous.

Spend the extra money to get the guided Ambassador tour.
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Claudia Cobos
CO
1 Review
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"Excellent !!!!"
August 2018
It was a wonderfull day with my family, many activities, shows of island's culture, the dinnig was delicious and the show was wonderfull
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Tip: Great place, you must go !

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aureliano diaz
san diego, CA
1 Review
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"Two thumbs up"
April 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience
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franco_lopez_m
Atlanta, Georgia
"Very enjoyable!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
We only had a day. It would really take all day to see everything. They allow you t come back for free within 3 consecutive days but we just did not have the time on this trip. Maybe next time we come to Hawaii.
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N2724LUdanielt
"A wonderful experience in a nice, clean environment with people proud to show their heritage."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
My wife and I have been to the Polynesian Cultural Center before and have loved it. While you can make it an afternoon and evening experience, we made it a late afternoon experience this time. Students from BYU Hawaii help to do authentic shows about the Pacific Islands, including Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii, Fiji and New Zealand. These are polished performances and presentations. The people that work there are incredibly friendly and nice, always saying hello, always ready to give you directions... The packages they offer for tickets are multiple, at multiple price ranges. Whatever you do there, staying for the night show called Ha: The Breath of Life is a must for us! It’s very well done, polished, interesting and inspiring. They have a nice luau, which is reasonably priced for what you get. Note: If you think the prices may be a little steep, remind yourself that if you were in Waikiki, doing the equivalent and visiting the same presentations and performances, a luau and an amazing night show, you would probably be spending more. They have transportation from Waikiki for a reasonable additional fee but if you’re renting a car anyway, it’s easy enough to drive there and back - and free parking! See the IMAX movie, too - it’s fun and you may opt to see it twice if it’s hot!
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HonestTee2
Missouri
"Cleanest place on the island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2020 NEW
Lots of information and tourist items for visitors - the food we purchased was very good - just glad to see a clean facility
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Tox1cShamrock
Cleveland, Ohio
"Fun and fascinating!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2020 NEW
My husband and I loved our day at the Polynesian Cultural Center! We did the Ambassador Luau package and the guided tour was great for experiencing as much as possible in 1 day. There is so much to do here and it was fun for kids and adults. We loved the interactive games, presentations, and shows. I would highly recommend spending a day here! The luau was pretty average but the Ha Breath of Life show was fantastic.
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geneatis
Anchorage, Alaska
"Mixed bag"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2020 NEW
The demonstrations and presentations in the six villages were great! Each of them were entertaining and informative. The big canoe show at 230 requires you to basically stop everything at 2 so you can find a place to sit and watch it. During that show, nothing else is really open. The luau, which starts at 4pm if you don't take the Ambassador package, is disappointing. Not terrible, but not great. Don't consider it a luau, its just eating food. Then there's the gap... The big show starts at 730pm. The villages close at 6. There's very little to do between 6 and 730. So you wander around the gift shops... We ultimately sat in our car for half an hour. Bottom line: pretty, and perhaps a bit over produced and failed to meet our expectations.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Polynesian Cultural Center

Where is the Polynesian Cultural Center located?
They are located in the small town of Laie, located on the northeast end of Oahu. Allow yourself approximately a 75-minute drive from Honolulu.

How much is parking?
Parking is FREE.

Can I bring my camera?
Guests are welcome to take as many personal pictures or video recordings at the Center as they wish, but no flash photography or video is allowed during the evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, as the light is blinding to the performers on stage and other guests in the darkened theater.

Do you offer wheelchair, stroller or locker rentals?
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides guests a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers available with advanced reservations by calling them directly. There is a $20 deposit fee, $15 of which will be refunded when the wheelchair or stroller is returned. A limited number of day lockers are available near the front entrance on a first-come basis for a small rental fee.

Is the Polynesian Cultural Center wheelchair accessible?
All major areas of the Polynesian Cultural Center - including the Laie Temple Visitors Center tours are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Guests using wheelchairs at our lu'au or Ha: Breath of Life evening show will either be invited to transfer to a seat if they choose to do so, or will be invited to sit in any of our wheelchair section.

When are the times for each activity?
The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday Noon to 5:00 pm. Ali’l Luau seating begins between 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm and concludes at 6:30pm. Ha! seating begins at 7:00 pm and concludes at 9:15 pm. 

If my child is under 5 years, are they free?
Yes, children 0-4 are free admission into the Cultural Center. They are considered a lap child for the show venues.